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 Mar 30, 2005 - 05:00 PM - by Michael
* Know how long your discs will last?

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News.com(.com) has word on an ongoing debate by recordable media makers: how do you label them for storage longevity?

Yes, they DO eventually go bad.

GIPWoG is working with the DVD Association, an industry group, to nail down "a long-term, or archival, standard measurement for recordable CD and DVD media." The idea isn't to test how long discs will last, but to be able to establish whether or not a disc will last at least a certain number of years.

The survey urges respondents to be reasonable in naming their ideal optical-disc lifespan.

"One should consider the issues of digital obsolescence and migration," the survey says. "Is 100 years (or 'forever') really practical for typical long-term digital storage strategies? While you may need to preserve data for a particular length of time, is it really necessary to preserve that data on any particular technology or can it be migrated to newer technologies?"
Shoot for 40 years. Please. Too many people are putting their family's photo albums on these things already.
 

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